Three dead, four injured after plane crashes into helicopter near Mount Everest

A plan has crashed into a helicopter on an airstrip by Mount Everest with three people killed, confirmed Nepal police.

The Simrik Air plane was taking off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, the gateway to Everest when it hit the Menang Air helicopter on the helipad, on Sunday morning

The pilots of the plane and the helicopter were among four injured.

Plane hits helicopter near Mount Everest

Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said: The co-pilot and a policeman died at the crash site. Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu.

He added the police were tourist cops deployed to the area and that the dead and wounded were all Nepalese.

Four passengers on board the plane were unhurt.

Reports say the plane skidded off the runway to the right and hit the helicopter that had just landed from Kathmandu cutting it in two. Another three choppers were slightly damaged.

Both airlines are private companies that serve locals and tourists in remote areas of Nepal

Tenzing Hillary Airport is often referred to as the worlds most dangerous because of the short runway and difficult approach.

Hundreds of foreign climbers head to the mountain region in April to climb Mount Everest during the commercial expedition season, which lasts until May.

There are around 35 flights and 100 helicopter ferries a day from the airstrip.

The airport, named after the two men who were the first to summit the 8848-metre peak, is located at 2843 metres above sea level and is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world to reach.

Last month, seven people, including the country's tourism minister were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Nepal.